China’s charm offensive may have its successes grabbing headlines but anti-Chinese sentiment is reported to be rising in Singapore. Local and social media (extending to Hong Kong) outrage at taxi-ferrari crash threatens the ideational power of Chinese state-craft in the only place outside Greater China with a Chinese-majority population.
This piles onto a growing list of discontent at integration challenges with the influx of a million mainland Chinese emigrants and workers into Singapore, the second densest (in terms of urban population density) place in the world.
Just earlier in March, Chinese students upset over compatriot’s blog [Straits Times]
And in August 2011, Singapore’s ‘anti-Chinese curry war’ [Telegraph]
State media defends PRC Ferrari driver Ma Chi: He is not a ‘heavy drinker’ and has applied for Singapore PR (Temasek Times blog, May 14, 2012)
Chinese Embassy expresses regret over fatal car crash (Straits Times, May 17, 2012)
Singaporeans and Hong Kongers hurl insults at PRC netizens in a fierce exchange on Youtube (Temasek Times blog, May 18, 2012)
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Taxi-Ferrari crash sparks outrage in China
by Valerie Tan
Source – Channel News Asia, published May 18, 2012
Beijing, CHINA: The recent high-speed crash in Singapore involving a Chinese national, which killed three people, has sparked outrage in China – against the growing number of young and affluent who behave badly.
Observers said it will take another generation, before the civil behaviour of the country’s growing nouveau riche, catch up with their income.
Observers said the two high-profile incidents where Chinese nationals ran into trouble with locals in Singapore and Hong Kong will only deepen anti-Chinese sentiment in the region. Read the rest of this entry »